Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dinner, Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It’s good to be back into the swing of things and our first dinner of the year was a great success!

Ginger chicken soup was our first course in a dinner that included roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, creamed potatoes and vegetables. Leaving room for dessert, we enjoyed a vanilla custard slice on a graham cracker base, with a white creamy topping! Juice, coffee and tea were also enjoyed and we awaited our visit to the theatre to listen to our guest speaker, Wayne Wright, the Mayor of New Westminster.

Many councilors were in attendance including Bill Harper, Jaimie McEvoy, Betty McIntosh (and her husband Ken), and Lorrie Williams. Several members also brought guests and we thank them for visiting and trust they enjoyed the evening!

Our President, Nick Cheng, introduced the Head Table and welcomed guests. One item of interest he brought to our attention is the upcoming presentation of the Royal City Musical Theatre – The Will Rogers Follies, A Life in Review, which will be showing in April.

We gathered in the theatre to listen to the Mayor. He was introduced by the Chief Constable of New Westminster, Lorne Zapotichny, who gave such an eloquent introduction and this was quite poignant in that Lorne will be retiring from the New Westminster Police Service at the end of February, 2011. An opportune time for Lorne to speak of his long and lasting friendship with the Mayor both professionally and personally, and it was a heartfelt Thank You that epitomized his introduction. Thank you Lorne, and our best wishes to you on your retirement.

The Mayor gave a presentation in which he simply spoke to his audience without a slideshow or notes. He is so accomplished a speaker and knows his craft! He is committed to his role as Mayor of New Westminster and has spent many years building the city and watching his plans for development take fruition. He has many accomplishments of which to be proud and spoke affectionately about projects that had been completed and those still on the drawing board!

One of the major accomplishments that is being watched closely by Ottawa and indeed the rest of the country is Honour House – please watch the short video following this post. (Please click the four arrows at the base of the video to view it in full screen.)

Calvin Donnelly very graciously thanked the Mayor for his presentation and finished the evening with a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen!

Just a reminder that the Board of Directors meets on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Plaskett Room at the New Westminster Public Library.

Thanks again for attending the dinner and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, when the guest speaker will be Richard Stewart, Mayor of Coquitlam. The Mayor will take a look at the City of Coquitlam's accomplishments in 2010 with an eye to the future. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Thank you!